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Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Today we remember beloved children’s book author Roald Dahl on what would have been his 105th birthday.

Image: Roald Dahl / Library of Congress

Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Cardiff, Wales to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselerg. During World War II, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force and became an intelligence officer and wing commander.

Dahl rose to fame for his delightful and heartfelt stories and became one of the wold’s best selling authors. Some of his most popular novels include Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatilde and James and the Giant Peach. His works captured the imagination of both children and adults throughout the world and continues to endure as new generations are introduced to his stories. Today, he is remembered as one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century.

On November 23, 1990, Dahl died at the age of 74. He was buried with some of his favorite things: snooker cues, a bottle of Burgundy, chocolates, HB pencils, and a power saw.

Do you remember reading Roald Dahl’s books during your childhood? Which story was your favorite?

Explore Roald Dahl’s family tree on Geni and discover how you’re related to the beloved author.

View Roald Dahl’s Geni Profile

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